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Intense Pulsed Light vs Broad Band Light 


If you’re interested in the skincare industry, you’ve probably heard of IPL and BBL skin treatments. You might be asking yourself, what is the difference? While they are both light technologies, keep reading to dive deep into the differences of IPL and BBL.


The Similarities


Both IPL and BBL use non-invasive light waves to treat the skin – specifically sun spots, hyperpigmentation and other skin imperfections. Neither require injections or incisions. They can also be used on any part of the skin that needs treatment. The number of treatments for both of these varies between patients and have varying durations of lasting benefits. There is no downtime associated with either of these treatments, but avoiding sun exposure afterwards is important for both. 


Intensed Pulsed Light


As the first of its kind, IPL treatments use a handheld device that is passed over the skin’s surface delivering pulses of broad-spectrum light deep into the skin. With a range of light waves being used, IPL works to stimulate collagen to reduce visible signs of aging, sun spots, rosacea, and more. 


Broad Band Light


BBL specializes in high intensity light to heat up the skin. This treatment stimulates collagen production and is the only treatment that can change the expression of the genes associated with aging. BBL literally restores the genetic aging pattern of the skin, changing the way you age! BBL is more easily personalized to the patient, so the practitioner has more control of your treatment. The handpieces used for BBL are equipped with a cooling feature for the comfort and safety of the guest.  


Which is right for you? 


Many skin care professionals agree that BBL is the gold standard of photofacial skin rejuvenation. Largely seen as the safer option, BBL can treat sun spots, age spots, spider veins, active acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, birthmarks, and more, all while being non invasive and requiring no downtime. Creating a change at a molecular level is what sets BBL apart from IPL. But with any skin treatment, a consultation with a professional will help determine exactly what would be best for you.